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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Meant to entertain rather than educate.
Love and affection can conquer all. You can do anything if you set your mind to it.
Positive Role Models
Munki, Trunk, and Rocky assume the best of others, and that brings out the best in others.
Violence & Scariness
In typical cartoon violence, animals are flung high in the air but always land safely. An ostrich baby who wants to fly climbs up high trees to launch herself. Conquering aliens try to declare Earth theirs, but they aren't terribly threatening. Bees chase animals. Wildebeests stampede and threaten everything in their path. A frog swallows a computer. A spaceship crashes. A character wishes to imprison the animals.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Jungle Beat: The Movie is an animated romp featuring animals who wake up one morning and discover they can talk, all because a gentle alien has landed in their midst. When the animals welcome him warmly, he's reluctant to complete his mission, which is to conquer Earth, but the animals try to help so that he can accomplish his task and go home. Mild cartoon perils are played mostly for comic effect. The message, suitable for young kids, is that love, warmth, and affection can conquer loneliness and aggression. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This movie is adorable. With a little bit of E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial -- an alien longing for home -- and a tad of the fun, talking, singing animals of Madagascar, the ingredients whip up a recipe that young kids will enjoy. And if they learn from watching Munki, Trunk, and Rocky about how to make shy people feel welcome, and how important hugs and encouragement are, that's just a bonus.
The animals in Jungle Beat: The Movie marvel at how much fun it is to talk and to learn new words, echoing the process many younger viewers may be experiencing themselves as their vocabularies grow by the minute. In one scene, a character struggles to be patient and do the right thing instead of being impulsive, something many kids will relate to. The inclusion of an ill-tempered hedgehog named Humph, who is probably grumpy because no one can safely hug him, balances what might otherwise feel a bit treacly and oversweet.
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